In order to succeed at anything in life, you need to make a plan. Staying fit and healthy is certainly no exception to this rule. I admit, it can seem overwhelming to achieve, but one way to keep yourself on track is by prepping clean, nutritious meals & snacks in advance. This ensures you’ll always have healthy food on hand. Sure, if you’re not used to meal-prepping, it’s easy to believe the process is too laborious and costly, but in reality it doesn’t have to be. I have saved so much money in the past year while simultaneously improving my health, and it’s all thanks to meal prep.
One of my favorite items to prep is this skinny apricot granola. Although it’s one of the first foods I ever prepped when I began my fitness journey, I still make it to this very day. Why??? Well it’s just that GOOD! Granola and I are clearly going to be BFF’s for life, because its super simple to prep and has countless options so I never get bored eating the same thing all week. Just by keeping this granola on hand, I’m always equipped with a quick and healthy snack, dessert, or even breakfast.
You may wonder why I find this so important. It’s just granola after all, but it really is a big deal for me because it has prevented one of the biggest issues I had in the past…skipping meals. Most people think if they eat less they will weigh less, but that wasn’t the case. I skipped meals, I didn’t snack, and I was the heaviest I’d ever been. I either didn’t have the time or I was too fatigued to cook. This in turn led to years of obesity, as the metabolism slows when you chronically skip meals. Now that I prep items like this granola, I no longer feel sluggish all day because it prevents me from skipping breakfast on days I’m strapped for time. It prevents me from turning to unhealthy snacks and desserts when cravings strike.
If the old me sounds like you…if you tend to skip meals a lot or snack on unhealthy items, try making a batch of this delicious granola. Simply sprinkle on your favorite yogurt for a quick and easy snack, layer between yogurt and heaps of fresh fruit for a quick dessert parfait, or just enjoy it straight up with milk or a milk alternative for breakfast. The possibilities are endless. I hope you give them a chance or come up with variations of your own!
Skinny Apricot Granola
*Makes 10 Servings
- 5 cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
- 2 cups Sliced Unsalted Almonds
- ¼ cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Oil; melted
- 2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 2 tsp. Ground Ginger
- ½ tsp. Ground Allspice
- ½ tsp. Ground Nutmeg
- ½ cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes; toasted
- 2 cups Dried Apricots (unsweetened & sulfite-free); cut into ¼ in. cubes
- Preheat oven to 325°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, almonds, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg. Toss to coat well.
- Spread granola out on prepared baking sheets. Bake until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven, toss well, and bake for 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Place cooked oat mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add coconut and apricots. Toss together until combined. Transfer to storage containers.
Nutrients Per Serving: About 1/3 cup Granola
Calories: 292 Calories, Protein: 8 g.,
Total Fat: 9 g., Sat. Fat: 3 g.,
Fiber: 7 g., Sodium: 7 mg.,
Sugars: 10 g., Carbs: 46 g.,
Cholesterol: 0 mg